The President of the Catalan Government, Pere Aragonès, accompanied by the Minister of Enterprise and Labor, Roger Torrent, this morning presented the Plan of shock in active employment policies that is "the most ambitious plan that has ever promoted the Government of Catalonia to combat unemployment, with more than 900 million euros ".
Covid-19 has aggravated social inequalities and the Government is "committed to reversing this situation". "Our responsibility is to combat these inequalities so that the exit from this crisis leaves no one behind and, at the same time, continue working to transform a productive model that is much more resilient, competitive and capable of generating welfare and prosperity for all", said the president.
With this objective, 917 million will be mobilized to promote the hiring and training "of the groups that have suffered the most intensely the economic effects of the Covidi-19", remarked Aragonès.
"The plan will benefit 500,000 people: 112,000 young people, 263,500 women, 141,000 people over 45 years old and more than 65,500 people with disabilities". Unprecedented figures that the head of the Executive stressed that they are an example of "the extraordinary effort being made by the Government to assist workers and entrepreneurs who are having a hard time due to the crisis caused by Covid-19 ".
"It is not a drop in the ocean", the President stressed, but "is part of a strategy of labor, economic and social policy, to reverse the inequalities", and adds to all the aid already presented for workers in ERTE and for the economic sectors most affected by the pandemic.
"It is the first step to face this economic recovery that we want to reach everyone. We do not want to leave anyone behind, we want the country to move forward together", insisted the President. And he added: "This plan begins to provoke the shake-up that the country needs, because we have come to make policies of transformation".
From his part, the Minister of Enterprise and Labor explained that the plan, together with the direct aid granted, aims to "offer a decent future to the people, whom we want to put at the center of the recovery and transformation of our country". "Each person who manages to move forward, build a decent life project, with a job with decent conditions, is a victory for our society", he said.
In this sense, Torrent explained that the forecast is that this set of aid will reach almost 500,000 people with "different realities, specific cases of people who we do not want to leave behind on the road to economic recovery. The objective of this historic investment is "to achieve more jobs and more opportunities for the citizens of this country", he concluded.